There are seven major chakras within the body (and 72000 others, but let’s not go there). These seven Chakras sit on the major nadis. There are three Nadis that we are going to look at, the Sushuma, the Ida, and the Pingala.
The Sushuma, or “most gracious” is like a massive freeway that runs from your root chakra all the way up to the top of the head to the Sahasrara, the crown chakra. This is big channel that pulses energy up and down, up from the Kundalini Shakti (our inner “dance magic”) and the inspiration that comes from the divine.
This is like a river, that goes straight up and down. The next Nadi is the Ida, the Ida starts on the left of the root of the Sushuma and spirals up the Sushuma to the crown. Each time it crosses the Sushuma there is a chakra, the other Nadi is the Pingala, and this Nadi starts on right side of the Sushuma, and interlaces on the way up, each cross mirrors the Ida, so the seven points of contact are the seven chakra centres. It’s kind of like the Staff of Hermies, or DNA strand.
Where the three Nadis overlap are where the chakras form.
Each chakra holds focus for different aspects of life, and have whole devotional practices devoted to them, to ensure they work effectively.
Chakra is Sanskrit means wheel or turn.
These overlaps, these joins, these chakras work by gently spinning. This spin brings the energy of the chakra to your being. Problems come when the chakra does not spin properly. When your chakras get bogged down with emotions, thoughts, feelings, and toxins that do not serve they no longer spin effectively.
Without this effective spinning the chakras don’t move energy around the body, up and down the Nadis, and out around the whole body. When energies don’t get moved they get stale, and don’t function properly. To make sure your energy is not getting stagnant, then we need to make sure that your chakras are spinning and processing energy effectively.
The Awesome Hasta (or hand) Mudra is for stimulating all five chakras. As you make this beautiful mudra it forms a conch shell with your hands, and helps to relieve problems that come up through your energy fields. It is calming and is great to use in meditation and prayer, and helps to show reverence and connection to the divine.
HOW TO FORM THE MUDRA:
The centre of the right palm encircles the left thumb. The left fingers wrap around the right fist, with the tip of the left index and middle fingers touching the right thumb.
The Nasa Nadhya is the marma point that controls the Sushumna Nadi. Finding your tip of your nose, and roll your fingers up towards your eyebrows, find the little dent, that is the Nasa Nadhya marmani.Five little circles with the index finger both clockwise and anti-clockwise.
To Stimulate all of your chakras using the surya bhedana pranayama. This breath stimulates the Nadis. Right Nostril for Pingala, and Left for Ida
Inhale through the nose, with the left nostril closed with the index finger on the left hand.
Exhale through the right nostril.
Do five breaths through the right, then swap nostrils and hand hands and do five through the left. This is prescribed for 8 minutes each nostril, but you can do as many as feels good.
To activate your chakras, use this Mantra, sing it 3 times, 12, or 108, its up to you.
Om Prema Om
This chant means The divine brings Love, and is used to bring that love of the whole to your chakra energy.
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